Hooked on Palmerston Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to register for the competition? 
To be eligible for entry into the prize draws all participants must register for the competition, this includes children with parents’ permission. All registered participants will receive a competition registration number. This registration number must be used to submit any entries into the draw. 

Is there a cost to enter? 
There is no cost to enter the competition, however all associated equipment costs are the responsibility of the participant. 

Where can I catch a fish? 
Fish can be caught at the following Palmerston lakes: 

  • Sanctuary Lakes, Gunn (access via Lakeview Blvd) 
  • Marlow Lagoon Lakes (access via Elrundie Avenue) 
  • Durack Lakes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 

Any fish caught outside of these lakes are NOT eligible for entry into the draw. Click here to see the maps to help you find a fish near you. 

What fish are eligible for entry into the prize draw? 
Barramundi only. 

What are the prizes and when are they drawn? 
Visit the prize detail information here

Are only tagged fish eligible for entry into the prize draw? 
Participants can also submit an untagged fish for entry into the non-tagged monthly prize draw. Eligible City of Palmerston tagged fish will be automatically entered into the draw for the Major Prize while eligible untagged automatically go into the Minor Prize draws at the end of the competition in June 2021.

How do I enter my catch into the prize draw? 
You need to submit two photos of your catch. The first photo needs to indicate the size of the fish (using suitable a measuring device with the measurements clearly visible If your fish is tagged, please ensure the tag number is also clearly visible.). The second photo needs to show yourself with your catch (no measurement details are required for this picture). 
Submit a catch here, the following details will also be required. 
Competition Registration Number
Participant’s Full Name 
Date of Catch
Tag Number (if applicable)
Size of Fish
Catch Location - Sanctuary Lakes, Durack Lakes, Marlow Lagoon
Competition Category - Tagged: 12 years and under, 13 to 17 years and 18 plus OR Untagged: 12 years and under, 13 to 17 years and 18 plus OR metre-plus barra

If I catch a fish, do I automatically win a prize? 
No, eligible entries go into the draw for a chance to win a monthly prize in addition to the end of competition Major and Minor draws. 

How do I claim my prize? 
Winners will be contacted within 24 hours of the draw by phone. All winners will be listed on our website and printed in the NT News. Prizes will be available for collection between 8.00am and 5.00pm at 11 The Boulevard, Palmerston 48 hours following your phone notification.  

What are the prizes? 
Over $10,000 worth of prize vouchers are up for grabs from September 2020 to June 2021. Prizes will be awarded in the form of vouchers to be redeemed at local businesses and are not redeemable for cash. Each winner can select one business (located within the Palmerston municipality) from which to receive their voucher.    

How do I lean more about Catch and Release fishing? 
The Northern Territory Government website contains a variety of information about recreational fishing including how to release your catch and correct handling procedures for fish. Click here to be redirected.